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The Mercy Reviews

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August 7, 2019
What's great about The Mercy is how it manages to surprise, both in the story it's telling and how Marsh gradually shifts the tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 11, 2019
In spite of the hidden quality flashes among their boring 101 minutes, it is the routine that ends up ruining the film.[Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 26, 2019
What starts off as sweet and entertaining shifts rapidly into a film full of courage and love. The Mercy is Firth at his very best: understated, vulnerable and very, very British.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 14, 2018
If you're tempted to see this well-acted but dour drama, you might best be advised to read up on Crowhurst first: you still may not like it, but at least you'll better be able to appreciate the kind of movie that director James Marsh has made.
December 8, 2018
The Mercy is a limited pleasure, unfortunately, given the cast, the subject, and the director. It's trying to be three different films in three different genres, all of them attempting to follow the same narrative at the same time.
December 6, 2018
Marsh is content with telling Crowhurst's story in the most mundane way possible, but because it's such a good story with an inherently involving character at the center of it, the approach still works on the most basic of levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
December 6, 2018
This is really a one-man show for Firth, as we spend long stretches with him on the boat, watching his stiff-upper-lip British fašade splinter and crumble in the face of harsh weather, mounting mechanical problems and punishing loneliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 6, 2018
A poignant and at times jaw-dropping movie. Firth is tremendous as Crowhurst -- it's an unflinching portrayal that's sympathetic but utterly realistic. Weisz is good though her character has little to do beyond keeping the home fires burning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 2, 2018
This is a tale that could have been told very effectively as a one-hander. Instead, Marsh balances his time between the boat and dear old Blighty, where the sponsors are getting excited and a press agent is trying to drum up stories at every opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 2, 2018
A surface level analysis of what failure and dishonor can do to one's ambitions
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 30, 2018
Firth's performance and some second-half twists make it worthwhile.
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November 30, 2018
It all seems doomed from the start-and never in the same throat-gripping class with such fateful horrors-at-sea epics as Adrift or Robert Redford's All is Lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 30, 2018
A startling and tragic example of modern man's desperation and hubris, The Mercy is an impassive portrait of a fascinating catastrophe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 30, 2018
True-life sailing misadventure is mild in every way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 30, 2018
The film has been made with plenty of sincerity and no small amount of effort, but with no idea of what it wants to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 29, 2018
"The Mercy" does make an impression, through thespian accomplishment and Donald's unusual crisis of despair.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 29, 2018
Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz very nearly drag this one over the finish line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 29, 2018
Marsh captures the majestic beauty of the sea, capturing that allure which has tempted millions of men to hear the call just as Donald did.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 29, 2018
THE MERCY is not a bad film, but because of the fact that it's based on a rather sad true story, it should have been so much more compelling.
November 29, 2018
Crowhurst's saga, even after managing to overcome serious obstacles, takes a rather shocking turn. But the reality is that moviegoers' expectations and hopes are not always fulfilled.
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